Kyiv or Kiev is a very old city. The ancient capital of the Slavonic world the city was founded in c.482 and gained popularity as an attractive destination by visitors and travellers. Kiev is an important industrial, scientific, educational and cultural centre of Eastern Europe. It is home to many high-tech industries, higher education institutions and world-famous historical landmarks. The city has an extensive infrastructure and highly developed system of public transport, including the Kiev Metro.
Having remained a cultural and political centre at the crossroads of historical trade routes it is currently the capital of Ukraine.
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The defining feature of Kyiv’s skyline are the numerous gold-domed churches and monasteries. The main sight is the golden-domed St. Sophia Cathedral. Over 950 years old, this site includes a cathedral, a bell tower and the Metropolitan’s residence.
Along the right bank of the Dnipro you find the Pecherska Lavra Monastery. Other sights include the Cathedral of St. Volodymyr Vydubich Monastery and St. Andrews Church.
The most important of the city’s many museums are the Kiev State Historical Museum, Museum of the Great Patriotic War, the National Art Museum, the Museum of Western and Oriental Art and the National Museum of Russian art.